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Day 12: from Grand Canyon to Monument Valley

Since we are spending only one night in Monument Valley, we left our hotel at 8:15am, just after having breakfast. According to Google Maps the shortest way is to go through the Dessert View drive of the Grand Canyon National Park, which was wonderful because we didn’t see this site yesterday.

One of the stop we did was Moran, beautiful, among others that we did even outside the park. The road is beautiful, long, but beautiful.

We arrived to the SPECTACULAR View hotel around 12:30 to have lunch in its restaurant. This hotel is inside the Navajo Park, so we had to paid the entrance fee (20$ per car with 4 adults) because they don’t accept the National Parks annual pass in Navajo territory. If you want to book this hotel, go directly to their site, you won’t find this hotel in booking.com or other pages.

Because we arrived before checkin time, we decided to do the Wildcat Trail (6.1km in total), that goes around…it is totally worth it. This trail starts/finishes right in front of the campground of The View Hotel. The trail is easy and suitable to everyone in relative good shape, it is a mixture of solid and soft sand and the hardest part is the elevation in the last hundreds meters.

We got back to the hotel a couple of minutes before the sunset to enjoy it from there and do the checkin after.

Because it was low season, we got this beautiful cabin for 4 with the amazing view for 147$ a night. I couldn’t believe it. Being here is a dream come true to me, the view, the silence, the clean air, the enchanted cabin…and to finish the day, we had full moon and saw the moonrise from our lovely cabin.

Our dinner was also in the hotel for two reasons: everything else is at least 20min from the hotel and this restaurant is actually good or at least different from what we have been eating the last 10 days. They offer Navajo especialties too.

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